RE: How-To handle i18n when you don't know charset?

From: Alan Wood (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 11:44:55 EDT

Mike Brown kindly supplied some JavaScript to determine the current and
default encoding for Internet Explorer 4+.

This gives some interesting results for default encoding:

Mac IE 4.5 - utf-8
Mac IE 5 - utf-8
Win IE 5.01 - x-user-defined
Win IE 5.01 SP1 - big5

Would anyone from Microsoft like to explain why a Chinese Traditional
encoding has been made the default for an English version of IE 5?

Alan Wood
(Documentation Writer / Web Master)
Context Limited
(Electronic publishers of UK and EU legal and official documents) (Unicode, special characters, pesticide names)

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